While I would like to see simple GMO labeling on food products, Initiative 522 is a badly written measure. For example, the measure provides that its requirements are to be implemented and enforced by the state Department of Health instead of the state Department of Agriculture, and would authorize the Department of Health to assess a civil penalty of up to $1,000 per day for each violation. Anything to do with our food supply should stay with the Department of Agriculture, not add employees to the Department of Health to police this, which it would have to do.
It also states that separately, after giving 60 days notice, any private person could bring an action in Superior Court to enjoin a person violating the measure, and potentially recover coasts and attorney fees for the action. All we need is a blatant excuse for unscrupulous individuals to find a unscrupulous attorney to bring actions and collect mega bucks for both the individual and the attorney.
I have decided to vote no on I-522.